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Sky and Earth

Some days, it is the simple skyscape or landscape that encompasses the beauty of nature and its profoundness.

Visit Michelle, at Nature Notes Wednesday, to see more photos from around the globe.

October 16, 2012 – 30 Tishrei, 5773

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Skies, Honey Cake Recipe Link

I like walking down the street and capturing the sky on camera. I could take a photograph from the same spot every day, and each time it would look different. The photographs below, were captured while out walking.

Here is a link to my Honey Cake Recipe. It is a great addition, any time of year, but especially so for Break-the-Fast, after Yom Kippur.

Book Recommends:


Avodah: An Anthology of Ancient Poetry for Yom Kippur

September 12, 2012 – 25 Elul, 5772

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Skies, Volunteering, Shabbat, August 24, 2012

Want to volunteer for a good cause? The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has four upcoming special events on September 9, 2012, in which you could participate and volunteer your time.

Their SOVA Community Food and Resource Program can also use volunteers on a continual basis.

Operation Gratitude, sends care packages to the U.S. Military, and can use volunteers. Visit them, here, to see their schedule.

Habitat for Humanity has ongoing volunteer programs nationwide. Check their website for a program near you.

The photographs above were taken in my neighborhood and while out and about on various days, while walking.

May your skies be filed with illumination and loveliness. Shabbat Shalom!

August 24, 2012 – 6 Elul, 5772

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Skies, Elul Poem, Shabbat Poem

The photograph above was taken this morning, while walking my grandie to kindergarten. I thought it was complimentary to the poem “Shabbat Day”, by Dobra Levitt.

Shabbat Day

By Dobra Levitt

Skies of other worlds
In the blue-bright air,
Sides of houses
Edge eternity.
Clay-red roofs
Where pigeons – mincing – walk,
Fly the doves – the whir and flutter
Of their soaring wings.
Soundless the yellow butterfly
At its play.
Winds lift white clouds
And sift the sand
From earth-bound stones –
Exalted the light
Of this dazzling Day,
Yet strangely close to home.

Elul begins August 19 and ends September 16, 2012. I found this poem, by Rachel Barenblat, that spoke to me on many levels.

Immersion

If you offer Fortune a beer
she giggles, demurs, because she’s
“born again.” I’m not exactly sure
what that means in Ghanaian parlance
though I imagine a lake baptism
like the one I saw in Galilee,
robes billowing against dark water.

Rebirth is always metaphor.
Forty days to refocus, like a lens,
then Yom Kippur’s labor, singing
and praying, hoping against hope
this year the old words
and hunger’s familiar pangs
will bear new meaning.

The closest I’ve come
was that week on retreat, sitting
until pins crept up my calves, then
walking the fireweed fields rapt
in my prayer shawl. Friday afternoon
we shucked modesty, plunged
in the swimming pool, laughing

and blessing, then a hot tub dunk
to welcome the Sabbath bride.
We could dip each week in those waters.
We could sanctify every morsel.
We could open our eyes and be thankful,
could dwell in that house all the days
of our lives. And we don’t. And that’s

okay. The goldenrod always blooms
five weeks before first frost
and these forty days are for pausing
relearning the Name in every breath
preparing to be open to awe
again, to be ready
to make ourselves born.

Rachel Barenblat

Shabbat Shalom!

Visit Skywatch Friday for more sky photographs from around the world.

August 17, 2012 – 29 Av, 5772

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Happy Birthday!

Happy, Happy, Happy Third Birthday, my dear Boyjoy Grandie!!!

I like how the sky is reflected in the water in the photo above.

Skywatch Friday

Shabbat Shalom!

June 22, 2012 – 2 Tamuz, 5772

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Skies, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Medals of Valor, JPIX, Shabbat

The first photograph is not greyscale or black and white.

As you walk through the storm, Hold your head up high, And don’t be afraid of the dark, At the end of the storm, Is a golden sky, And the sweet silver song of the lark, Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain, Though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on, With hope in your hearts, And you’ll never walk alone, You’ll never walk alone.

– Oscar Hammerstein II – Lyrics
Carousel,’You’ll Never Walk Alone’ – music by Richard Rodgers.

The song was subsequently released in a pop version by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963 and adopted as a club song by Liverpool football club.

Skywatch Friday

The Simon Wiesenthal Center presented Medals of Valor to Jerry Bruckheimer, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Astronaut Mark Kelly, Holocaust survivor Elisabeth Mann and Members of Tuskegee Airmen.

Are you an Anglophile? Love England and/or English history? If so, visit Hannah’s Nook and answer this 60-question British Culture Quiz.

The next JPIX is June 24th.

Shabbat Shalom!

June 1, 2012 – 11 Sivan, 5772

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